September 2021

Dear friends,
September flew past with the official publication date of Cockeyed Happy on September 14, and the launch parties, book events and media interviews surrounding it. I have enjoyed meeting many of you at Big Horn, Jackson and Denver events—thank you so much for your support.

The September newsletter starts with Esquire magazine and wraps up with a collage of photos from recent events.  My next book signing takes place at the Independent Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Convention in Denver October 8—see details below. 


IN THE NEWS I enjoyed talking with Adrienne Westenfeld, who covers books for Esquire magazine. Westenfeld took a deep dive into the book. “These were adventuresome times for the then-ascendant writer,” Westenfeld writes in Esquire. “They were also extremely productive times...” But, as she astutely notes, “for all its high-spirited anecdotes of the game Hemingway hunted and the cars he crashed, Cockeyed Happy is also the slow burning story of a doomed marriage.” Read the whole Esquire interview here. Also it was fun to talk with my longtime friend Emy DiGrappa on her podcast “What’s Your Why?” last week for Wyoming Humanities. I appreciated being part of the Jackson Hole News & Guide’s Fall Arts coverage with a shout-out for my book-signings there. And in the national press, Publisher’s Weekly called Cockeyed Happy “an immersive debut” while Library Journal seconded the news. Find links to these and other reviews on my website here.

THE GRAND TOUR What a whirlwind! Cockeyed Happy is officially launched, and I enjoyed sharing the book and reconnecting with old friends in events from Big Horn to Jackson to Denver. We drank Hemingway-themed mojitos and snacked on special Cuban chips in honor of Hemingway’s Havana home at a party graciously hosted by friends on the deck of their beautiful Jackson Hole home with its amazing Teton views. Also in Jackson, I greeted visitors and signed books at the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale as well as at the Valley Bookstore downtown. And then back to Denver for the official launch party, sipping Sancerre – another Hemingway favorite – late into the balmy evening. Next up, I’ll be signing books at the Chicago Review Press booth at the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association annual FallCon 21 on October 8. If we haven’t had a chance to meet yet, keep an eye on my website for upcoming EVENTS.

CLUB TALK Interested in reading Cockeyed Happy in your book club? Shoot me an email and I’ll join your discussion via Zoom and offer a special gift for the book club host! Watch for the BOOK CLUBS page coming soon on my webpage. In the meantime, can’t wait to read Cockeyed Happy? It’s on sale now – some options below – and if you love it, I’d love to have you a write an Amazon or Goodreads review!


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Past Newsletters

"Cockeyed Happy" August 2021 Newsletter

The launch of Cockeyed Happy begins this month in Wyoming with a reading near my hometown at The Brinton Museum in Big Horn, Wyoming—where Ernest Hemingway came on his very first visit to Wyoming in 1928.

"Cockeyed Happy" July 2021 Newsletter

This month I’ve been lining up book appearances, the first is just a month away at the Brinton in Big Horn, Wyoming! For a complete schedule of upcoming events visit darlaworden.com. I hope to see you soon.

"Cockeyed Happy" June 2021 Newsletter

Thanks for accompanying me on my journey—I appreciate your support as we get closer to the publication date of September 15, 2021. The book is currently at the printer, and I’m hoping to receive review copies in late July or August.

"Cockeyed Happy" May 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to the first issue of my Cockeyed Happy newsletter, a roundup of news surrounding my upcoming book Cockeyed Happy: Ernest Hemingway’s Wyoming Summers with Pauline, along with behind-the-scenes info of the many crazy discoveries I made during my research that didn’t make it into the book.